In 1973 the NFL adopted what they called the NFL Passer Rating which was used to award the passing champion for the league. Prior to that they had used several different systems to crown the passing leader. The formula was actually created by the Pro Football Hall of Fame by a committee headed by the director of the Hall, Don Smith,
Smith stated that it wasn't really a passer rating, but "a passing statistic" and the purpose was to grade efficiency by a
Through 1977 or so, the ratings were fairly stagnant, one year up, the next year down and from 1954 through 1978 the league passer rating was between 60 and 65. The rules changed
Through week 14 the passer rating
The chart below marks the rise of the passer rating since 2002, which was the first season it ever topped 80.0 (The first season it was above 70.0 was 1979). 2015 is through Week 14.
|NFL Passing Statistics since 2002. Chart credit: Pro Football Journal|
Currently, the league-wide completion percentage is 62.9%, the highest all-time. The yards per attempt is 7.26, the highest since 1957. The touchdown percentage is 4.6%, the highest since 1969, when the NFL and AFL combined for a 5.0% touchdown percentage. Finally, the interception percentage is 2.4%, the lowest-ever.
One note, though sacks are not a part of the formula, they are at 6.03%, the second-lowest since that stat was added by Seymour Siwoff
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